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Poster: dyneq Date: Jul 1, 2012 4:54pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Live music recording advice?

OK, here's a nickel's worth of free advice (I've recorded many times before):

Placement is key! You can make amazing recordings with less expensive equipment if you are in the right location. Get the mics up high (at least 8') on a stand right near the soundboard (in between the stacks). Since you're outdoors, you run the risk of wind noise if the mics are cardioid (unidirectional), so you may want to make a DIY 'dead cat' (search on that and you'll find some ideas).

As far as mic pattern goes, it really depends on whether or not your mics are omnidirectional or cardioid. For omnis, try a 3' or so spread pointing straight ahead. For cards, I like the NOS or DIN patterns. For best results, take the time to get the angles and spacing right. I clamp my mics to a ruler so I can get it dialed in easily.

Here's a nice article by Bruce Bartlett that explains all of the stereo mic patterns (very easy to read):

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Poster: leftwinger57 Date: Jul 2, 2012 3:30pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Live music recording advice?

As said before , if you are outside you need wind /spit socks .I'm sure there is a more tecky name for them but if you don't you will p/u all thenoise from the surrounding area. from the ouside ,horns, sirens wind and on it goes.